Wondering what to plant in strawberry pots besides strawberries? Those side openings are perfect for flowers, succulents, herbs, and trailing vines.
But don’t forget the berries! This has tips on how to grow strawberries for delicious fruit year after year.
Creative Uses for Strawberry Pots
Yes, you can use strawberry pots for strawberries but they also work nicely for annual flowers, herbs, and vines.
No matter what you grow, be sure to provide adequate light, water, and a good quality potting mix.
Strawberry pots work particularly nicely with trailing plants that spill out the sides. Choose an assortment of plants and create a one-of-a-kind planter.
You could also use a self-watering plant tower for a similar effect.
Creative Ways to Plant Strawberry Pots
Move Over, Strawberries!
1 Succulents in a Strawberry Pot
Barb of Our Fairfield Home & Garden created this gorgeous strawberry pot filled with a variety of succulents.
Be sure to add some drip irrigation within the pot to make it easier to water.
Succulents are a great option because, although they need water, they will tolerate some drought conditions.
You can see Barb’s tutorial here.
Here are a few more strawberry pots with succulents.
In this next one you can see the watering pipe sticking out the top. It has holes drilled along the sides of the pipes to allow water to seep deep within the potting mix.
2Strawberry Pot with Annuals
Here some coleus plants are planted together with a calla lily. As the plants grow, they start to cover the pot and add a nice burst of color and texture.
Keep in mind that clay strawberry pots do not retain moisture the way plastic pots do. You will need to check them daily, keep the plants out of direct, hot sun, and add some drip irrigation if you will be away for a few days.
3Strawberry Pot with Herbs
Patti of Herb & Vine created this herb planter. You can see how she placed the trailing plants in the side holes and the upright basil in the top. This will look gorgeous as it fills out. The colour of the container is also a nice choice.
You can see Patti’s tutorial here.
You could also grow a tea garden in a strawberry pot.
4Broken Strawberry Pot Garden Art
Crash! When you smash a clay pot, it’s not game over.
Here the gardener turned it into garden art in an old wheelbarrow.
So many broken items can have a new life as garden art.
For more ideas like this also see 22 Creative Wagon Planter Ideas + Whiskey Barrels and Wheels.
More Strawberry Pot Ideas
Pinterest is packed with quirky and creative strawberry planters. Search ‘strawberry pots’ to see more ideas.
How To Plant a Strawberry Pot
No matter what type of plants you’re using, the trick to planting a strawberry pot is to add your plants when they are small. For assembly, start with the bottom of the pot and work your way up.
- Get good potting mix and fill the strawberry pot to just below the first planting holes.
- Water the soil deeply to make it settle in the pot. Top up as needed.
- Insert the root balls of your plants from outside the pot and hold them steady as you pour more potting mix inside.
- Repeat all the way up, leaving an inch or two at the top for watering.
How Many Plants Should I Add to Each Hole?
Place as many plants as you can fit.
Annuals are much more forgiving of crowding than perennials. Just be sure to choose a good potting mix so it won’t become compacted and keep everything water. Containers can dry up fast!
I like a really full looking planter so that by the end of the summer the actual pot is nearly invisible.
But what about strawberry plants? Here are some growing tips:
Strawberry | Genus: Fragaria
Strawberry Growing Tips
Classic | Perpetual | Everbearing | Alpine
• Hardiness Zones 5 to 8
• Full sun
• Soil: well-draining and fertile
• Timing: transplant late spring for same-season fruit
• Propagation: allow runners to root
• Self-fertile with help from wind and insects
There you go! These pots are great for strawberries but there are many other plants that look great in them too.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛